Saturday, 30 August 2014

An Easy Way to Customise Band Shirts!

I love getting band t shirts from gigs, but women's options tend to be on the tiny side. Instead, I like to buy men's t shirts and cut them up for something totally different.

As a rule, I buy a shirt at least 1 size bigger than I need as I like the slouchy fit. You also need to be careful with what print your shirt has, if it has a list of tour dates on the back be very careful with where you cut!

First off, pick your shirt. In this example, I'm cutting up a BlackCraftCult Lone Wolf Limited Edition Purple tshirt, this particular t shirt is sold out as it was limited edition, but they have it in their standard white colour for $24. I love BlackCraftCult's designs and wish I had more. I have paid customs on them every time they've been delivered to me, but they are so soft, and such good quality, that they are worth those few extra pennies, they are a great price to begin with.

I have used regular kitchen scissors previously when I've cut up t shirts, but it is so so much easier with fabric scissors, it's much easier to get a good smooth line. Mine cost £4 from Asda and have a very comfortable grip.

First, I always cut the neck out. I love off the shoulder styles and it is so easy to do with a men's t shirt. Going from the seam with the sleeves, I start cutting at about half way between that seam, and the neck of the t shirt. I work in a smooth line going to directly underneath the neck of the t shirt, then back out again to the half way point on the other side of the t shirt.

As you can see, I take very little fabric out from underneath the neck of the t shirt, and instead cut more from the back. This makes sure that the neck is even, and hangs nicely. Be very careful with how much material you take out here, because there are no seams, it will stretch slightly as you wear it!

Next I tackle the sleeves. An easy and fun way to customise them is to make sure the sleeve is flat and even, and starting from the bottom, cut from the outside of the sleeve to the inner seam in approximately thumbnail sizes sections. By the time you get to the top of the sleeve the very last part will likely be too big to leave as one section, and too small for the usual section. What I do is cut it in half, because the top part will remain as one once the sleeve is unfolded, it is bigger than it looks it will be.

See! Super easy, and a great option for festivals. I have so many t shirts like this now, and a few more I wish to cut up as well. I cut this one up specifically to photograph for this blog, so here I am wearing one of my other shirts that I have done the same as this.

Isn't it cute? Perfect festival wear.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shine On

My name is Kitty, and I am addicted to Sugar & Vice. Like that wasn't totally obvious already from my blog. Thanks to Depop, an app that is sort of like Etsy, but for reselling, Sugar & Vice have been listing some fabulous pieces. Ex-photoshoot items, one off proto-types and experiments. I've gotten a few bits and pieces from there, and this is a recent one that I am in love with.

How could I not snap this up as soon as it was listed?! This necklace is a one-off prototype that never made it into production, but Sugar & Vice do have many amazing crystal and diamond designs in their Gemstone Collection.

This necklace is made of gorgeous silver mirror acrylic, it shines so beautifully. Every Sugar & Vice necklace features a little S & V tag so you know it is authentic.

Seriously, how amazing is that?! I can't wait for a chance to glam up and wear it. It's so beautiful. I don't own much that is a simpler colour from Sugar & Vice, so I was very happy to get this piece. I keep all my Sugar & Vice in the plastic bags that they come in. They also come in gorgeous boxes with padding and some sweeties for extra cute, but if I kept all of those I would have a bedroom full! My aim is always to minimise scratching and keep my jewellery looking it's absolute best.

I'm going to go bask in the shiny of this <3

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Village Fest

Every year the village I grew up in holds a fake festival on the village playing field and it is so much. My parents go, my brother and his girlfriend, me, Stu and his 3 children (who I call my step-children) and lots of family friends. Plus, this year for the first year ever, Ashen came too! It had been absolutely miserable weather-wise the day before, so I was worried about the field being a swamp, so boots, but a sort of summery outfit were in order.

Copyright Bigredtoad Photography

These are the closest to full outfit photos I have. First one is me and Stu, and then me and Ashen thinking he is a lap sized dog. He is not!

Pineapple bag - Asda £8
Dress - ASOS Curve Skater Dress with Bardot Neckline £25

Boots - Demonia, these are well worn and held together with safety pins
Leggings - ASOS Curve (no longer available)

Necklace - One of a kind from Sugar & Vice's depop

And for a bonus, a photo of me and Ashen, he is wearing my step-daughter's sunglasses, and he did for about 5 minutes quite happily!

It was such a fun day, and I know we will go again next year :)

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - New Boots!

I've blogged before about how much I struggle to find shoes thanks to my UK size 10 feet. It's a nightmare! But thanks to the lovely Sugar Darling tweeting about I have found a whole new place to get shoes from, yay!

While not every style of footwear is available in every size, Fashionworld offer UK size 10 & 11 in some styles, and also different widths of shoe, right up to EEEEE which is amazing! I couldn't resist a sneaky peek at their boots and was thrilled to find an amazing pair, on sale, in my size, and non-leather to boot.

Simply Be Strappy Studded Studded Boot reduced to £13

These come in either black with gold detail, or charcoal with silver, I opted for charcoal for something different to boots I already own, and because I'm not the biggest wearer of gold.

How cute is the detailing?

There is a zip on the inside so the boots are super easy to take on and off.

These boots are so comfy. Being non-leather means they are incredibly soft, and for only £13 on sale I couldn't say no to these! You get 10% off your first order from Fashionworld, which includes sale items which is great.

Fashionworld also caters incredibly well for the plus sized gal, their range runs from a size 10 up to a 38 (all sizes not available in all clothes), which is a fantastic range of sizes!

I will definitely be keeping my eye on Fashionworld, and hopefully trying out some of their clothes next.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

ps. Isn't the feature wall in my front room amazing? That zebra print is my front room!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beauty Haul

After compiling my recent blog post all about beauty product wants, I ended up going into Boots and treating myself to a couple of different bits and pieces. Whoops! Here is what I got -

Barry M Nail Art Pen - Black
Barry M Aquarium Nail Effects - Mediterranean
Barry M Aquarium Nail Effects - Pacific
Barry M Classic Matte Nail Paint - Cancun

Eco Tools Mini Brushes
Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set

After I discovered the Barry M Aquarium Nail Effects on their website I couldn't resist trying them, and they are so lush! I use 3 layers to make sure my nails get a good covering. These look so amazing in the light, especially the pinky shade with gold tones. I wore the pinky colour for just over a week, with no top coat, and it lasted so well, it was very long lasting and chip proof. I just painted the blue colour yesterday so I can't comment on it's lasting ability but I suspect it will be the same. Surprisingly, the pinky colour is my favourite of these 2, it reflects light so well.

I have a weird sort of love-hate with matte nail varnish. I go through phases of adoring it, and others of disliking it. This teal colour was so gorgeous I had to get it. Boots were running a buy one get one half price on Barry M which I can never say no to. With matte varnish you can't use a top coat because obviously it sort of defeats the purpose of it, and it isn't as chip proof as the others, but it lasted well for a weekend or so.

I haven't used the nail art pen yet but I plan to soon!

I also got these awesome new brushes from a company I hadn't heard of before, Eco Tools.  They are an eco-conscious company who are animal friendly which is so important to me. The handles of the brushes are made of bamboo, and the brush itself is the softest synthetic fibre! Good quality synthetic brushes are hard to find, and these are wonderful. The two pack is double-ended, and comes in a reusable pouch so is perfect for travelling. The mini brushes also come in a little plastic pack you can keep them in which is super nifty. These were also buy one get one half price in Boots and I highly recommend them.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Festwich Fashion

The last weekend of July myself and Stu took his boys to a free festival called Festwich in Prestwich, Manchester. It was held over 2 days and features heavy metal and rock cover bands and is family friendly. We had such an amazing time! So much fun, well run, and the staff were all lovely. The highlights of the weekend bandwise for me were Mentallica, Knotslip, Guns or Roses and Ozzbest.

Fashion went somewhat wayside for the weekend as comfort was going to be key for 2 days in a field with the boys, as you know I had them up on my shoulders for the bands! They absolutely loved it :D I decided on one skirt to keep the packing light, and to take 2 t shirts with me, nice and easy.

My amazing sunglasses were super cheap from Ebay!

Stu got his cowboy hat from Sonisphere

The outfit! Skirt is from last summer from New Look, shoes are Dunlop low tops, and the tshirt is from the most recent Skid Row tour, modified by me! I wore leggings I'd cut into shorts underneath the skirt for comfort, meaning my tattoo was on show for once.

This was day 1. It was boiling and I tanned like crazy. My hair went up after about 10 minutes outside with it down haha! Classy photos taken in the car park by Stu.

Day 2 was the same skirt, with a different modified tshirt, this time the Lucipurr shirt in sold out limited edition orange from BlackCraftCult.

I wore different sunglasses the 2nd day. As much as I adore the other shades, because of my chronic pain they aren't the most comfortable, and as I was driving back from the festival late at night, comfy was the key to minimal pain, so cat eye sunglasses from Ebay it was!

I loved how I modified both of my tshirts, I also modified Stu's tshirts into vests with a different neckline for him for the weekend as well. He is now addicted and keeps bringing me more to do! It's super easy, maybe I should write a blog about it?

Festwich was amazing, and if you get the chance you should totally go!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

July Favourites

Monthly favourites are one of my favourite tags on YouTube, so I thought I'd give it a go on here instead! It won't be done necessarily every month as usually I'm pretty skint, but in July I did ok and got a few new bits I adore so wanted to share.

So first up is easy. It has to be dying my hair brown! I am so glad I did this. I ummed and aahed for a long time about going back to something that my natural colour might look like, I haven't seen it in a long time, and I love it. It looks thicker, it looks better, and I'm finding that colours I wouldn't have previously worn as eye makeup work now, yay! Huge thanks to Kerry and Kirsty for doing it for me.

Barry M Aquarium Nail Effects - Mediterraneum

This nail varnish looks so pretty in the light, and lasted so well, I wore it for a full week and it barely needed touching up. Lush!

Sugar & Vice Art Deco Arrow necklace £11

I got this necklace from the lovely sailorwookiee on instagram. I love purple, I love the glitter, it's small and cute and I love the mix of the wood in there as well.

Pineapple bag from Asda £8

I could not resist this bag when I went in for some food shopping. Seriously, it's so goddamn adorable! Sarah from Sugar & Vice informed me she has the watermelon version of this. I must have it. I need it! Why did my store not have it?!

Sugar & Vice Palm Tree Necklace £13
Palm Tree Maxi Dress from New Look Inspire

I love this whole outfit. The necklace is another from sailorwookiee, and the dress was a bargain on sale. It's my new favourite! Super comfy and it can be easily dressed up or down.

Sugar & Vice Aztec Arrow Necklace £13

My necklace is a slightly different version than on the website as it was a prototype from their depop. It is gorgeous. The mix of materials and patterns, the size, it's totally different from anything I owned and I got a lot of compliments on it. Depop is my new favourite app for finding bargains!

Eco Tools make up brushes

Animal friendly, eco-conscious and synthetic brushes. These are so soft and perfect for travel.

Sugar & Vice Melon Slice necklace £15
Sugar & Vice one of a kind wooden ram skull necklace, available in acrylic for £12

As soon as I saw that wooden ram skull necklace on depop I had to have it. The detail is absolutely stunning. I have it in the black as well, but this just totally blew me away. My melon necklace is slightly different from the website as it isn't mirrored, but with my recent watermelon obsession I had to have it. So so cute. This particular necklace is only available on their etsy, but can also come in purple, and orange.

My final July favourite is Depop. It's a website for selling clothes and jewellery on, I follow Sugar & Vice and Crown and Glory on it, they list lots of prototypes and one offs to keep an eye out for. Bargains galore! I'm thinking of finding out some of my jewellery that I haven't actually unpacked since we moved into our bungalow a year ago as I clearly don't miss them!

Hopefully I will at least have one or two things to show you next month for my favourites.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxxx